Entries tagged with: Summerstage
photos by Amanda Hatfield
"Britt was Simon AND Garfunkel, tonight in Central Park. Thank you @spoontheband !" - Eleanor Friedberger
Spoon / !!! / Operators @ Central Park 9/10/2014
On the heels of their great new album, They Want My Soul, Spoon brought their tour to NYC last night (9/10) for a show under the stars at Central Park Summerstage. (Their second show in town this summer.) You couldn't have asked for a lovelier night, with the band casting tall sillouhettes against white panels behind them. Britt Daniel and the rest of the new lineup of Spoon were in good spirits, with the majority of the set devoted mainly to songs from the new album and 2007's Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga. Pictures and setlist are in this post.
Where most of Spoon's tour has been with either Hamilton Leithauser or EMA opening, Summerstage got a special undercard. !!! (chk chk chk), whose most recent album was produced by Spoon's Jim Eno, offered up a typically spirited set punky funk, with frontman Nic Offer still in those short shorts. The evening started with Dan Boeckner's new band, Operators (their third NYC show), who are now a quartet, adding onetime Hot Hot Heat member Dustin Hawthorne on bass. (Related fun fact: HHH's Dante DeCaro was in Wolf Parade.) Even though between Spoon and Operators every member of Britt and Dan's Divine Fits were in on stage at one point or another last night, the band did not make an actual appearance.
More pics from last night's Summerstage show, and Spoon's setlist, below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield
"Both talented and righteous, Dev Hynes made sweet soul music AND denounced the police state at #Summerstage/#OKPat15 tonight" - Michael Azzerad
Blood Orange / Sean Nicholas Savage
In the latter half of the set, after dedicating "Chosen" to Michael Brown and two others, Devontè Hynes had to have a say about what's been happening recently in the world. "I hate what's happening in Ferguson right now. F-k Ferguson. F-k Lollapalooza. I hate this f-cking police state we're living in - not New York, I mean the world. I'm going after Lollapalooza and I'm going to f-cking destroy them." Really, he explained, that he just wanted to dance and couldn't because of the pain in his leg, ostensibly caused by he and his girlfriend being attacked by a security guard at Lollapalooza in retaliation for Hynes speaking out against racism and police brutality. [FDRMX]
Dev Hynes' Blood Orange project played a free Central Park Summerstage show on Saturday (8/16). It was opened by Arbutus-signed prolific lo-fi pop songwriter Sean Nicholas Savage (who played Death by Audio a night earlier) and Moses Sumney whose one-man/loop-pedal set included a Majical Cloudz cover. Blood Orange played to a capacity crowd, bringing out frequent collaborator Samantha Urbani for a few songs, Charlift's Caroline Polachek for "Chamaky," and grime vet Skepta for "High Street." As you can read in the quote above, Dev gave some politically charged speeches in between songs, as he was clearly emotional about the situation in Ferguson as well as his brush with police at Lollapalooza, where he was wearing a shirt emblazoned with the names of Trayvon Martin, Eric Garner, and others.
Pictures of the show are in this post and continue below...
Spoon @ Governors Ball 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Spoon took their sweet time announcing openers for their Central Park Summerstage show on September 10. (Most dates on the tour are either with EMA or Hamilton Leithauser.) But now it is known that multi-continent funk punks !!! (chk chk chk) and Dan Boeckner's new group Operators will be the night's very high quality undercard. Tickets are still available but if you want to go for free, we've got a pair of tickets to give away. Details below.
This marks Operators third NYC show (the first was BV's Northside showcase, the second was with now tourmates Future Islands). Also, interestingly, this means all four members of Divine Fits (Boeckner and Britt Daniel's combo band) will be performing at this show. In addition to Britt Daniel and Boeckner, Divine Fits guitarist/keyboardist Alex Fischel is now in Spoon, and drummer Sam Brown is in Operators. Maybe we'll get a DF encore?
Ticket giveaway details below...
Blood Orange at Webster Hall in February (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Blood Orange mastermind Dev Hynes has just announced a performance of his score from Gia Coppola's new film Palo Alto (based on the book by James Franco, who also stars in the film) in tandem with a screening of the film. The performance will take place in NYC at BRIC House on October 9. Tickets will be available to BRIC members starting Tuesday August 12 at noon, and to the general public the following Tuesday, August 19, at the same time. Hynes's label, Domino, has put up a new stream of one of the tracks from the Palo Alto score, called "Fred Drives," which you can check out below.
As discussed, Blood Orange also have a free show coming up at Central Park Summerstage on August 16 with Moses Sumney and Sean Nicholas Savage.
All Blood Orange dates, including FYF Fest, are listed with the new song stream and Palo Alto trailer, below...
photos by Chris La Putt
Langhorne Slim / Spirit Family Reunion / Old Crow Medicine Show
Langhorne Slim has been on the road lately, but before he left his current hometown of East Nashville, he had some weird stuff go down, as The Tennessean reports. His 1977 Mercury Comet was stolen in late July, and days later when Slim was in Vancouver for a show (he got their via a tour van), his car was spotted and his friend Mike Beyer (who helped him purchase the car) was on the case. After Beyer called the police and trailed the car himself, the teens driving the Comet eventually pulled over and escaped into the woods. Upon getting his car back, what was Langhorne Slim's response? To write a song:
The story seems to have created the kind of dramatic friction songwriters dream about.Read the rest of the story at The Tennessean.
"I don't think that you need to be miserable or have terrible things happen to write songs, though it seems to be where the songs come from," Slim said.
He had picked up his guitar after the theft, already mulling the possibilities.
"Now," he said, "the whole thing is beautiful."
Langhorne Slim's tour hit NYC for a Summerstage show in Central Park on Monday (8/4) with a folk-oriented lineup of Old Crow Medicine Show and Spirit Family Reunion. Pictures from that show are in this post. They continue, with a couple videos, below...
photos by Mimi Hong
Conor Oberst, Dawes & Larkin Poe @ Summerstage -- 7/29/14
"Each stage of Oberst's career is intentionally different than previous iterations (we are talking about the guy that released an electronic and acoustic album on the same day), but Dawes and the others had no problems keeping true to their spirit. The organ from "If The Brakeman Turns My Way" was spot on, and the strings and brass nicely accompanied their respective songs. Once again, Goldsmith deserves a special mention for his guitar playing that at times was reminiscent of Mark Knopfler's during the 80s.Conor Oberst (now past fake rape accusations) and Dawes are no strangers to supergroups and collaborations. In addition to Bright Eyes and the Mystic Valley Band, Oberst has been known to team up with M. Ward, Mike Mogis and My Morning Jacket's Jim James as Monsters of Folk. John McCauley of Deer Tick and Matthew Vasquez of Delta Spirit joined Taylor and Griffin Goldsmith of Dawes to play as Middle Brother. Pretty cool to now see another variation of all this folk and country tinged rock n' roll with the joining of Conor and Dawes on this current tour, where Dawes is both opening and backing Conor.
The encore consisted of two of the five tracks from I'm Wide Awake played that night, and both were smart choices. First was "Lua", played with minimal backing and ended with another trumpet on solo by Walcott, a performance that I will certainly not forget, it was moving and sweet; a beautiful coda on an already beautiful song. And lastly there was "Another Travelin' Song," a song that speaks for itself."
[Pancakes and Whiskey]
Last week that tour hit Central Park Summerstage (a venue that Dawes have also headlined) for a big NYC show one day after the boys (and sister duo Larkin Poe who were are also in Conor's band) hit Letterman to perform "Hundreds of Ways" off Conor's new album Upside Down Mountain (out now via Nonesuch). A day before that they were all at Newport Folk Fest for a 12 song set that you can listen to at NPR.
Letterman video and more pictures from Central Park, along with setlists, are below...
If you live or hang out in Williamsburg, you may have noticed that for most of July, the corner space at Driggs & Metropolitan has been taken over as the Levis Commuter Workspace, offering wifi, workspace, and lots of cyclist services: tune-ups, customization, washes, and more. (Also a look at the clothing brand's Commuter line). The space closes this weekend but not before Prodigy of veteran hip hop duo Mobb Deep performs at the free Closing Party there this Saturday (7/26) at 7 PM. All you have to do to get in is RSVP. There will be cocktails provided by Baby's All Right and Grady's Cold Brew, commuters can bring their bikes for complimentary tune-ups, and there will be a chance to win a Tokyobike. Do note RSVP does not guarantee entry, which is based on capacity.
Mobb Deep celebrated the 20th anniversary of the 1994 recording sessions for their classic LP The Infamous (released in 1995) this year by releasing The Infamous Mobb Deep, a two-disc set that includes their first new music since 2006 and unreleased material from the original Infamous sessions. They just made a video for "Low" (ft. Mack Wilds) off the newly-recorded portion, which you can watch below.
Mobb Deep have also been pretty active as a live group lately. They played their home city this past May at Irving Plaza and this past Thursday (7/17) they played their actual hometown when they put on their first-ever show in Queensbridge Park, as part of the ongoing Summerstage series. Vulture caught the show and wrote:
A few hours before their "homecoming" concert in Queensbridge Park last Thursday night, Prodigy and Havoc, the two halves who make up the whole of the rap group Mobb Deep, were philosophizing as to why "The QB," which is what the giant public-housing project adjacent to the park is often called, has produced so many hip-hoppers. It is a roster that includes the great Nas, Capone (of Capone-N-Noreaga), Marley Marl, Roxanne Shanté, and Mobb Deep itself, whose 1995 album The Infamous is considered a classic of hard-core urbanity, a formidable East Coast response to Dr. Dre's immortal Cali-based The Chronic. The QB's fecundity was a product of "time, space, and motion," said Prodigy, the erstwhile boy genius who, like his equally diminutive partner (neither tops five foot six), turns 40 this year. Much is owed to the Queens housing project's sheer size, said Prodigy; it was the biggest one not only in New York City but in the entire country. But more than that was "the location."Watch a couple videos of that show, with the new "Low" video, below...
...when the group hit the stage, picturesquely set beneath the elegantly industrial arches of the renamed Edward I. Koch Bridge, a burst of joy came forth. "Queensbridge!," Prodigy shouted into the mike. "Queensbridge!" returned the crowd, which certainly included a large number of the QB "old-timers," some of whom have been living in the project for half a century and arrived in their wheelchairs to bop along to the beats. Never much for nonsense time-killing (no soft-ass, dreary R&B voicings for them), Mobb Deep went hard, kicking through their new stuff and bringing the old, really busting it on "Temperature's Rising," with its whoa! lines, "that snitch n***** gave the police your location/we'll chop up his body in six degrees of separation." The lines were just as foreboding as ever, but on this mid-summer evening, with the festive picnic crowd, the city gleaming in the sunset, no hint of mayhem could pierce the celebration.
photos by Adela Loconte
Bonobo / Cibo Matto at Central Park Summerstage - 7/13/14
We just mentioned that Odesza played Central Park Summerstage yesterday (7/13) opening for Bonobo and Cibo Matto, and we've now got a set of pictures of the latter two. For the officially back-in-action Cibo Matto, it was their second show of the weekend after playing Warm Up at MoMA PS1 a day earlier. Bonobo will be back in NYC for Electric Zoo this August.
Summerstage shows continue with a Pete Seeger tribute (7/12), Dr. John & Hurray for the Riff Raff (8/2), Blood Orange (8/16) and more.
More pictures from yesterday's show below...
Odesza at Central Park Summerstage - 7/13/14 (via @thatlostsailor)
Electronic duo Odesza just wrapped up their short run with Bonobo at Central Park Summerstage with Cibo Matto yesterday (7/13) (anyone go? how was it?), and they've now added a bunch of headlining dates into the fall including two more stops in NYC. They're continuing to headline increasingly larger venues, and this time around will play Bowery Ballroom on October 2 and Music Hall of Williamsburg on October 3. Both shows are with Hayden James and Ambassadeurs. Tickets for those shows go on sale Friday (7/18) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (7/16) at noon.
All dates are listed, with a video, below...
photos by Chris La Putt
Spirit Family Reunion @ BKNB 7/4/2014
Fresh off playing Clearwater Festival in June, NYC old-school folk band Spirit Family Reunion stopped by Brooklyn Night Bazaar on the 4th of July for some foot-stomping American good times. They were joined by Odetta Hartman and Gunfight. We've got pictures from the night in this post.
Spirit Family Reunion will soon be hitting the road for some extensive US touring, including another NYC show at Central Park Summerstage on August 4 with Old Crow Medicine Show and Langhorne Slim. Tickets for that show are on sale now. The tour will also include a couple dates with Trampled By Turtles and longer run of dates with The Felice Brothers.
All upcoming Spirit Family Reunion dates are listed, along with more pictures and video of the of the Brooklyn Night Bazaar show, below...
The Weeknd announced a four-date tour with support from Schoolboy Q and Jhene Aiko that begins in NYC this September. The R&B singer's last time headlining NYC was a 2-night stand at Radio City but he's now making the jump up to an arena for a show on September 19 at Barclays Center. Even with strong support like Schoolboy Q, that's a big jump! Tickets for the show are not on sale yet but should be soon via Ticketmaster. All dates are listed, with a stream of The Weeknd's brand new single "Often," below.
Schoolboy Q was just in NYC last night (6/25) to play Central Park Summerstage. He brought out tons of guests, including his Black Hippy partner Ab-Soul, who played material off his new album These Days..., members of A$AP Mob (including Rocky), Flatbush Zombies and Action Bronson. Did you go to the show? How was it?
The Weeknd's list of dates and new song, below...
The annual Latin Alternative Music Conference is returning to various NYC venues from July 8-12. Many shows are free but registration is open that gets you into the non-free shows. The full schedule is below.
Performances of note over the course of the conference include a couple of free shows that coincide with the Central Park Summerstage series. On July 9, Beatnuts, Ana Tijoux, Bodega Bamz and DJ Tony Touch will take the stage, followed by Babasonicos, Juana Molina and La Santa Cecilia on July 12 in the same place. Juana Molina will also be performing and speaking at The Greene Space on July 11 (not part of LAMC). Tickets for that show are on sale now and include one beer.
Also on the 11th, AJ Davila will play a LAMC show at Gramercy Theater with Los MacUanos, Diana Fuentes, Esteman and The Wookies (tickets). This will follow an acoustic showcase earlier in the day at SOB's which will feature many of the above acts like Davila, Ana Tijoux, Esteman and more (tickets).
Check out the full schedule below for lots more shows and events.
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
Broken Bells @ Firefly Music Fest 6/22/2014
Broken Bells (aka James Mercer & Danger Mouse) were in NYC last night (6/23), playing The Late Show with David Letterman, performing "Control" from their most recent album, After The Disco. The band then stuck around the Ed Sullivan Theatre to perform a full set for the "Live on Letterman" web series. You can watch both those performances below.
Their Letterman appearances were fresh off the band's 6/22 performance at last weekend's Firefly Music Festival in Delaware. Pictures from their set at Firefly are in this post.
The band have already been through NYC on a couple go-rounds (like Governors Ball), this year, and they've now expanded their current tour to include a bunch more dates, including NYC's Central Park Summerstage on September 26 with opener Hamilton Leithauser of The Walkmen. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (6/27) at 10 AM.
Some West Coast dates are with Austra. All are listed, along with more Firefly pics and Letterman videos, below...
Spoon's new album, They Want My Soul, is out on August 5. (Preorders in a variety of bundles are available now.) The first single, "Rent I Pay," is out now and can be streamed below. The band have also just announced a September tour that includes a NYC show at Central Park Summerstage on 9/10. No opener has been announced but much of the tour is either with Hamilton Leithauser or EMA. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (6/27) at noon with an AmEx presale beginning Tuesday (6/24) at 10 AM.
Schoolboy Q in Central Park in 2012 (more by Chris La Putt)
Last night (6/19), Nas, Schoolboy Q and Flying Lotus played a show at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Colorado, and after the show there was a shooting in the parking lot, as The Denver Post reports. Three victims were taken to the hospital; all of them are still alive and one has been released as of this post. A tweet from Denver Post reporter Karl Gehring also shows a picture of Schoolboy Q being detained by the police, though he was not arrested. Q has since tweeted, "im str8...... dont trip." They're still looking for the suspect.
Schoolboy Q has more shows coming up, including one in NYC on Wednesday (6/25) at Central Park Summerstage. That show was supposed to be with his TDE labelmate Isaiah Rashad, but Isaiah has since dropped of the bill. Domo Genesis, Tinashe and BlackOutBoyz (aka A$AP Yams and A$AP Jscott) are still playing though. Tickets are still available. Show flyer below.
by Sean O'Connell
The Duck Down BBQ may be a bit of a repetitive event in that its headliners are similar every year, but that's the point. Taking place in Betsy Head Park, deep in the heart of Brownsville, the annual event is geared at being a celebration of the neighborhood, with the Boot Camp Clik, a supergroup featuring hip-hop heavyweights Smif-n-Wessun, Buckshot, O.G.C. and Heltah Skeltah, always coming out in full effect for their neighborhood. Sean Price of Heltah Skeltah pointed out the housing project he grew up in from the stage, and every other performer talked about life in Brownsville and shouted out people in the crowd that they knew. There wasn't much of a line between the rappers and the audience, with Buckshot launching himself into the 2000+ person crowd and fans rushing the barricade as they shouted back lyrics.
The night was a mix of the old school and new school, with the hardcore legends of the Boot Camp Clik being joined by up-and-comers from the Beast Coast movement. CJ Fly of Pro Era had a tight set, that was joined by fellow Pro, the very popular Joey Bada$$, during the call and response "do it for the love" of "Loco Motives". Raz Fresco, another 19 year old from Toronto, showing the Beast Coast's stylistic northern reach, hearkened back to the boom bap slaughter of people like Big L. He pulled off an ambitious move by rapping over a medley of classic New York beats, slaying each one in a city known to be very arrogant about its own style's superiority.
Chelsea Reject and T'Nah Apex (who works with Pro Era often) put on a very noteworthy set that started with a hyper political a cappella by Chelsea, about being a young emcee in an age of Stop and Frisk. The duo touched on the detrimental effect of technology saturation in modern times, railing against obsession with YouTube views and "blue checks" (verified Twitter accounts). T'Nah Apex transitioned smoothly between her matter-of-fact rapping and ethereal singing, while maintaining a serious demeanor that added to her presence.
The prolific Statik Selektah was spinning in-between sets, scratching vinyl in a 90s fashion that many are unable to replicate anymore. It was fitting that Peter Rosenberg of Hot 97 hosted the event, given that he labels himself a "hip hop purist" and has been integral in ushering in New York rappers recently.
The highlight of the night was a surprise appearance by Brownsville's own M.O.P. for their gangsta rap anthem "Ante Up". By that time, more than forty people were onstage, nieces and nephews on the shoulders of some of the old-timers, keeping up with the celebration of the neighborhood. Buckshot closed out by calling on the audience to reach out to DuckDown saying "I want to see one of you up here next year".
BrooklynVegan was a proud sponsor of this year's Brooklyn Summerstage event, as you can see on the flyer below.
Chromeo, whose new album White Women is out now (stream it via Rdio), have added a lot more tour dates since the last time we posted. Most of it is on the summer festival circuit, and they've also added another NYC show, playing Central Park Summerstage on September 12 with Big Freedia. Tickets for that show go on Tickemaster presale today (6/11) at 11 AM and AmEx presale today at noon, with the general on-sale starting Friday (6/13) at noon.
All tour dates are listed, along with the video for "Jealous (I Ain't With It)," below...
One of the many free Summerstage shows this year is the Duck Down BBQ with Boot Camp Clik and friends happening June 10 in Brownsville's Betsy Head Park. We proud to announce that BrooklynVegan is one of the sponsors of the show, and that since we last spoke there's been some updates.
In addition to the Boot Camp Clik (aka Buckshot, Smif N Wessun, Sean Price & Rock of Heltah Skeltah), there will be sets by CJ Fly, T'Nah Apex (both of Pro Era), Raz Fresco and Chelsea Reject. There's also a DJ set by Statik Selektah and Hot 97's Peter Rosenberg. The free show goes from 6-9 PM. Flyer below.
In honor of this event which Monster is also sponsoring, we're giving away a pair of Monster DNA Pro Headphones (retail value of $280), a Duck Down x Rocksmith Collaborative BBQ T-Shirt and a signed Buckshot & P-Money BackPack Travels CD. Details on how to enter to win those contests, below. Prizes can be picked up at the show.
As mentioned, Buckshot & P-Money celebrate BackPack Travels with a release show on June 26 at the Marlin Room at Webster Hall with Pro Era's Kirk Knight and Statik Selektah.
Pro Era also play a free Summerstage show in Red Hook Park TONIGHT (6/5).
Contest details below...
Celebrate Brooklyn! 2013 (more by Ryan Muir)
Two of NYC's biggest outdoor summer concert series -- Summerstage and Celebrate Brooklyn! -- are underway. Summerstage, which puts on events in a few city parks, began last night with Ty Dolla $ign playing a free show in Red Hook Park, and tonight in the same location it's Mark McGuire, Marissa Nadler and Delicate Steve (also free). Other free Summerstage shows include the BrooklynVegan-sponsored Duck Down BBQ w/ Boot Camp Clique (6/10, Betsy Head Park), Andrew Bird and Luke Temple (7/8, Central Park), and Blood Orange (8/16, Central Park), plus paid Central Park/Rumsey Field shows such as Beck, Conor Oberst / Dawes, Counting Crows / Toad the Wet Sprocket, and more. Flyer for June Summerstage shows, below.
Celebrate Brooklyn!, meanwhile, kicks off tonight (6/4) with Janelle Monae playing a free show at Prospect Park Bandshell. Other upcoming free shows in Prospect Park include Dum Dum Girls, Hospitality & TEEN on June 21, Warpaint and Yellowbirds on June 26, Deltron 3030 and Nomadic Massive on July 19, and St. Vincent and San Fermin on August 9. There are also a few big Celebrate Brooklyn! benefit shows as well, like The National, Neutral Milk Hotel, and Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds.
Summerstage June flyer below...
Schoolboy Q at Central Park Summerstage in 2012 (more by Chris La Putt)
Schoolboy Q doesn't have a tour scheduled at the moment, but he does have a few upcoming dates including Made In America LA, Bumbershoot, Pitchfork Festival and an outdoor NYC show happening on June 25 at Central Park Summerstage. The NYC show has a stacked lineup of his TDE labelmate Isaiah Rashad, Odd Future's Domo Genesis, Q's "2 On" collaborator Tinashe, and BlackOutBoyz aka A$AP Yams and A$AP Jscott. Tickets for that show are on sale now. All currently known dates are listed below.
Q's Black Hippy pal Ab-Soul, who also plays MIA LA, also recently announced a NYC show, the 4Knots afterparty at Webster Hall on July 12. Tickets for that show are currently on presale (password: 4KNOTSPR).
All Schoolboy Q dates are listed, with a video, below...
Bonobo sold out Terminal 5 in 2013 (more by Adela Laconte)
The mostly-EDM electronic music festival Electric Zoo (not to be confused with Electric Daisy Carnival which just happened) announced the initial lineup earlier this month, and have now announced a ton more artists who are playing their Labor Day weekend NYC festival on Randall's Island (tip: avoid at all costs). Check out who they announced, by day and stage, below.
New on the lineup is DJ set by Bonobo whose growing tour also includes Glastonbury, The Hudson Project fest, a DJ set tour with FaltyDL, and a headlining live show at Central Park Summerstage on July 13 (free). All dates are listed below.
His set at E Zoo is at the least unbearable stage announced so far, the Riverside stage on Friday (8/29) which also includes Gesaffelstein (DJ), Jamie xx, Gorgon City, Tensnake and more.
The Summerstage show is with Bonobo's July tourmate Odesza, as well as Cibo Matto who will play Warm Up at MoMA PS1 one day earlier. Those are Cibo Matto's only two U.S. shows at the moment. They recently played in Brooklyn Bridge Park. All of their international dates are listed below.
Last we talked about FaltyDL, we had a preview of a new track off a new album. It was only a clip and not great quality though. That full song and album details have since been released, and you can listen to that song with those details below.
All dates, the FaltyDL song, the Electric Zoo lineup and more, below...
Mykki Blanco at MHOW in 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)
I'm leaving Portugal after my performance. Please stop writing hate speech, threatening to hang me, posting pictures of slaves and leaving gay hate messages on my page, I have seen a really disturbing side of this culture tonightAnd also gave a statement to Noisey:
I was swindled, by the Portuguese police department for being a gay black tourist that is the only explanation for this situation. I had literally just got off of a plane was in the airport on my way to the art gallery I am currently doing a residency at and I was taken advantage of by the Portuguese police. More than an act of racism and prejudice or even homophobia ( which were all 3 factors) I realized that class matters and that an upwardly mobile black man isn't something people always want to see.The Noisey article also mentions he was ordered to pay a 600 euro fine.
I was arrested for telling a police officer to "go fuck himself" after I repeatedly and politely asked him where I could purchase a taxi voucher since he worked with the taxi attendant at the airport. the altercation escalated because I waited in a long line like everyone else outside the airport for a taxi and when I was told by the taxi attendant that I could not use my credit card but only cash the taxi attendant and cop refused to help or answer any other questions I had about an alternative in anyway. They were impatient and short with me all the while eagerly helping white tourists who were behind me in line while I waited to be addressed.
A Portuguese woman in the same taxi line with me even leaned over and whispered "I don't know why they are being so strange with you, there is a place inside to buy taxi vouchers you don't need cash". I should have listened to the woman and went inside myself to find the voucher office but there is apart of my personality that really wants to see if people WILL actually be prejudiced, to see if maybe my PC west coast optimism about the world is being challenged by blatant discrimination and I was right. I asked the police officer where the voucher office was and I was told to "go away" like I was nuance as if I had not waited in the same line as all the other white tourists and when I asked why he could not help but could gladly help the other tourists I was yelled at and told to "go away bicha" which is a gay slur, even though I had waited in the same line as everyone else.
The world aint a fair place, and the idea of a young successful black guy doesn't always fly everywhere but I was insulted, and discriminated against so I said "Fuck you" and walked away...well he followed me inside, used his radio to call other police causing a scene in the airport and told me "You are under arrest" I said "excuse me, I have not committed a crime, I asked you for help and you refused to help me" he said "You have insulted a police officer and that is a crime in Portugal, you can't talk to me that way" and he arrested me.
Mykki Blanco plays a big and free hometown Summerstage show in NYC's East River Park on August 7.
We lost house music pioneer Frankie Knuckles earlier this month and tributes are still pouring in, none more notable than former Chicago resident and current man in charge President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama. They released a condolence letter to Knuckles' family that read in part:
Frankie's work helped open minds and bring people together, blending genres to capture our attention and ignite our imaginations. He was a trailblazer in his field, and his legacy lives on in the city of Chicago and on dance floors across the globe.
You can see a photo of the letter below.
Meanwhile, the Elton John AIDS Foundation has set up the Frankie Knuckles Fund to support HIV information, testing and treatment. Says Sir Reg:
Frankie was such a lovely man and a great talent and his legacy provides a powerful voice to reach out to people, particularly men of colour, about their essential role in helping to create an AIDS-free future.In more musical news, The Horrors just covered Frankie Knuckles' classic single "Your Love" as part of a session for BBC DJ Zane Lowe. Recorded live at the Beeb's famed Maida Vale studios, you can stream that below as part of the whole session -- "Your Love" kicks in at the 18 minute mark. Perhaps they'll play it at their Converse Rubber Tracks show next week (which is now sold out).
And lastly, Summerstage is presenting "Whistle!: A Tribute to Frankie Knuckles" at Bed Stuy's Herbert Von King Park on June 22, featuring the Soul Summit DJs, DJ Kervyn Mark, and DJ Stormin' Norman. There will also be a screening of the director's cut of Hands to the Sky, a documentary about the outdoor house music scene. You can check out a trailer for that below...
Andrew Bird at RIverside Church in 2012 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Singer/songwriter/violin looper Andrew Bird is going on a tour this summer with his new band The Hands of Glory, "an old timey acoustic configuration featuring Tift Merritt, Alan Hampton, Bowl of Fire alumnus Kevin O'Donnell, and Eric Heywood on pedal steel." That tour hits NYC for a free show at Central Park Summerstage on July 8 with Here We Go Magic singer Luke Temple. That show starts at 7 PM. All dates are listed below.
Andrew Bird will play NYC sooner than that though for RadioLoveFest, "a vibrant cross-section of genres and formats from storytelling, to music, to conversation," which runs from June 4-8 at BAM. Andrew appears on June 6 at the BAM Harvey Theater. Details:
The two-time Peabody Award-winning Studio 360 with Kurt Andersen, from PRI and WNYC, is public radio's smart and surprising guide to what's happening in pop culture and the arts. Each week, Andersen, novelist, journalist, and co-founder of legendary Spy magazine, gets inside the creative mind, introducing listeners to the people who are creating and shaping our culture on movie sets, in galleries, and on the internet.Other highlights include a screening of Talking Heads film Stop Making Sense on June 5 in the BAM Rose Cinemas with a Q&A with director Jonathan Demme and WNYC's Brian Lehrer; NYC/WNYC's Ask Me Another show on June 6 at the BAM Howard Gilman Opera House with They Might Be Giants and house musician Jonathan Coulton; and WNYC"s Soundcheck on June 7 at BAM Harvey Theater with The Walkmen frontman (and now solo artist) Hamilton Leithauser.
At BAM, Andersen presents an evening of music and conversation featuring Andrew Bird, one of the most acclaimed and inventive songwriters in indie music, and Jennifer Egan, whose novel A Visit from the Goon Squad won the Pulitzer Prize.
Tickets for all RadioLoveFest shows are on sale now or will be on sale soon.
Full RadioLoveFest schedule, with the list of Andrew Bird tour dates, below...
Marissa Nadler at Baby's All Right in March (more by Amanda Hatfield)
The schedule for the Summerstage 2014 Season was just announced, and as you may know, in addition to the shows in Central Park, there are also free shows in many other NYC parks too. Those include Brooklyn shows in Red Hook Park, Betsy Head Park, Herbert Von King Park and Brooklyn Bridge Park. Highlights of the Brooklyn Summerstage shows include:
6/3 - Ty Dolla $ign in Red Hook Park (in association with MeanRed Productions)Full Brooklyn Summerstage show schedule below...
6/4 - Mark McGuire, Marissa Nadler and Delicate Steve in Red Hook Park (in association with MeanRed Productions)
6/5 - Pro Era in Red Hook Park (in association with Lyricist Lounge)
6/10 - Duck Down BBQ w/ Boot Camp Clik & Friends in Betsy Head Park
6/18 Salute to Hip Hop w/ DJ Bent Roc, Chubb Rock, Dana Dane and Special Ed (in association with WBLS) in Herbert Von King Park
6/22 - Frankie Knuckles tribute w/ screening of Hands to the Sky (in association with ImageNation Cinema Foundation) in Herbert Von King Park